This year, I opted out of sugar cookies and chocolate chip cookies. I wanted to try something different and ended up recreating cookies from popular bakery recipes… but I did sneak in one traditional cookie: the snickerdoodle. Here are the three cookie recipes and photos of how they turned out. What kind of cookies are you baking this year?
Enjoy… and Happy Holidays to you!
1. Momofuku’s Milk Bar: Cornflake-Chocolate-Chip-Marshmallow Cookie
This popular New York bakery released a cookbook at the end of the year. Flipping through the pages, I noticed the ingredients were simple, however, I did get a bit intimidated because most (if not all) recipes want you to use a stand-up mixer with various paddles – which I don’t own. But I didn’t let that discourage me. And by looking at the photo above, I think I did a pretty good job. These cookies are sweet and salty – my favorite combination for a dessert.
The marshmallows add a great gooey comfort food familiarity to the cookie, the prepared cornflakes ad a great crunch and a gritty textures, and the mini chocolate chips add a hint of sweetness. Definitely use the mini chocolate ships – not your regular sized chocolate chips.
This is a two-part recipe so it does take more time than your average chocolate chip cookie. Why? You have to prepare the cornflakes first and let it cool, then you start the dough for the cookie — then you let the dough chill. This is key because if you don’t want the cookie to fall apart. These are not puffy soft cookies – the cookies will spread and have a nice crunch.
TIPS: I noticed when I was baking these cookies, the ones I cooked on a air cookie sheet turned out better and the ones I cooked on the regular cookie sheet burned some of the cookies. Also, don’t skimp on the parchment paper – this makes it easy to get the cookies off the cookie sheet – don’t forget you’re working with marshmallow and marshmallow can get messy and sticky.
2. Magnolia Bakery: Chocolate Crinkle Cookie
For those Magnolia Bakery fans, this is the recipe for their popular chocolate cookie. If you are a chocolate and brownie lover – you will love this cookie. It’s the best part of the brownie – soft center and toasted edges – mixed with the best things about a cookie – easy to transport and no mess! I regret not making more of these.
TIPS: Don’t make the cookies too big because it’s harder to tell when they are ready in the oven. Don’t over-bake these cookies – you don’t want them to be hard and crunchy – the key is to get the center soft and the round edges lightly toasted. And don’t be afraid to be generous when rolling the cookies in powdered suger!
3. The classic: Snickerdoodle
I love this cookie because it’s simple and when I smell it baking – it reminds me of winters. You can’t go wrong with cinnamon and sugar… and everything nice. Some recipes ask for shortening and I try to stay away from that because I’m already adding butter – I don’t need all that extra fat.
TIP: A friend told me several years ago the key ingredient is cream of tartar and he was right. What’s cream of tartar? It’s basically potassium hydrogen bitartrate – a byproduct of winemaking and a very fine powder you can find in the baking section with the rest of the spices. It is an acid that helps stabilize the sugar from caramelizing and actually makes the cookie taste creamier.
Try to bake this on the air cookie sheet too because these cookies spread and tend not to burn on the air cookie sheet.